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We provide detailed summaries and citations for peer-reviewed research articles as well as links to those that are publicly available, or to publishers’ websites when not publicly available. Access via an educational institution or payment may be required in some cases to access full studies and source documents.

Your search returned the following 83 results.

The associations of air pollution, traffic noise and green space with overweight throughout childhood: The PIAMA birth cohort study

Traffic-related air pollution, but not traffic noise or greenspace, is linked to childhood overweight

Nature-based interventions for improving health and wellbeing: The purpose, the people and the outcomes

Nature–based health interventions take a variety of forms, are designed around a range of health and well-being goals, and target different groups of people

Mental, physical and social health benefits of immersive nature-experiences for children and adolescents: A systematic review and quality assessment of the evidence

Immersive nature-experiences are linked to positive changes in children’s mental, physical, and social health

Low childhood nature exposure is associated with worse mental health in adulthood

Low exposure to natural outdoor environments during childhood is associated with worse mental well-being in adulthood

Impact of green space exposure on children's and adolescents' mental health: A systematic review

Associations between green space exposure and the mental health of children and adolescents warrant the attention of policy makers, urban planners and mental health professionals

Renovations of neighbourhood parks; Long-term outcomes on physical activity

Park renovation can substantially increase park use and levels of physical activity both in the short-term and over multiple years

Less immune activation following social stress in rural vs. urban participants raised with regular or no animal contact, respectively

Growing up in an urban environment in the absence of animals can increase vulnerability to compromised immune functioning

Association between the activity space exposure to parks in childhood and adolescence and cognitive aging in later life

Exposure to green space in environments frequented during daily activities during adolescence may play an important role in optimal cognitive aging

Attention Restoration Theory II: A systematic review to clarify attention processes affected by exposure to natural environments

Exposure to natural environments can improve the functioning of working memory, attentional control, and cognitive flexibility

How ordinary wildlife makes local green places special

Wildlife experiences during childhood strongly influence people’s bond with local natural places

A systematic review of the psychological, social, and educational outcomes associated with participation in wildland recreational activities

Individuals participating in wildland recreation experience multiple psychological, social, and educational benefits

A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: Synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence

School gardens benefit students and adults in various ways, yet more robust evidence is needed to promote school gardening programs as public health interventions

Recognizing connection to nature: Perspectives from the field

Advancing the field of connectedness to nature requires collaboration and resource sharing of coherent, replicable, and context-sensitive measurement tools

Urban green space and its impact on human health

Urban green space exposure is linked to improved human health and decreased community violence

Systematic literature review on built environment effects on physical activity and active transport - an update and new findings on health equity

Built environment interventions show promise of increasing physical activity levels in children and adults but further research is needed to understand inequitable access to infrastructure improvements

Nature as children's space: A systematic review

Children’s perceptions of nature are varied and their engagement with nature rich in opportunities for promoting their overall development and well-being

Exploring pathways linking greenspace to health: Theoretical and methodological guidance

Potential pathways linking greenspace to health are identified; yet more research is needed to guide policy

Mechanisms of children's exposure to nature: Predicting adulthood environmental citizenship and commitment to nature-based activities

Children’s self-exposure to nature is a strong predictor of adulthood environmental citizenship and a lifelong commitment to nature-based activities

Within what distance does "greenness" best predict physical health? A systematic review of articles with GIS Buffer Analyses across the lifespan

Greenness measured at larger distances (up to 2000 meters) was a better predictor of physical health than greenness within smaller buffers

Urban green spaces for children: A cross-sectional study of associations with distance, physical activity, screen time, general health, and overweight

Closeness to urban green space is related to higher frequency of physical activity and less screen time for children but not for teens

Companion animals and child/adolescent development: A systematic review of the evidence

Pet ownership may be beneficial to child and adolescent emotional, cognitive, behavioral, educational and social development

An initiative to facilitate park usage, discovery, and physical activity among children and adolescents in Greenville County, South Carolina, 2014

A health-promotion initiative increases park usage, park discovery, perceptions of parks, and the proportion of time children and adolescents spend in physical activity during park visits

The development of conservation behaviors in childhood and youth

Time in nature, environmental socialization, and experiential learning promote conservation ethic

Using nature and outdoor activity to improve children's health

Being physically active outdoors and in nature can improve children’s health

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